Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said that he will implement the treaty which was signed for allocations of dispute water between Afghanistan and Iran in 1973.
Addressing an event in Kabul to mark the 90th death anniversary of late Afghan politician and poet Mohammad Musa Shafiq, President Ghani said that Iran has no right to claim water pouring from Afghanistan beyond what is defined in the treaty.
"In the Afghan-Iranian treaty, the amount of water that Iran should use from Helmand river is specified, and it has no right to get beyond that," Ghani said.
The treaty was signed between former Afghan and Iranian Prime ministers, Musa Shafiq and Amir Abas Huwaida in 1973.
"One of the important works that he (Musa Shafiq) has performed, was the treaty between Iran and Afghanistan on Helmand river, which was signed his chancellery," the president said, "At that time it was entrusted to the national assembly and later signed by the king," he added.
Following the treaty, Musa Shafiq has faced criticism, as many put pressure on him to do not sign the agreement, but he believed that Afghanistan and its neighbors must understand their mutual interests, and should behave as partners and friends, not rivals, Ghani said.
Afghanistan and Iran have no major territorial disputes, unlike Afghanistan and Pakistan or Pakistan and India. However, the disagreement over the allocation of water from the Helmand River is threatening their relationship as each side suffers from droughts.